Church to host business expo fundraiser

By COLBY DENTON

Posted 2/11/18

Clingan Ridge Baptist Church is hosting a home-based business expo  on Saturday, Feb. 17,  to raise funds for an upcoming breezeway project.

Liz Gibbons, who works with …

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Church to host business expo fundraiser

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Clingan Ridge Baptist Church is hosting a home-based business expo  on Saturday, Feb. 17,  to raise funds for an upcoming breezeway project.

Liz Gibbons, who works with church outreach, is hoping the event will have a large community turnout.

“This was actually [church member] Denise Grant’s idea, but I have worked with previous fundraisers for the church like our craft fair, so event planning is something I’m familiar with,” Gibbons said.

The point of the project is to build a breezeway to connect the church's education building to its sanctuary, so attendants will no longer have to walk outside to each building.

According to Gibbons, the idea for a home-based business expo came about due to the large amount of home-based business people who attend Clingan Ridge.

“Most people don’t know about the different businesses that we have represented right here at our own church,” Gibbons said. “This event has really grown so much that we are now representing people at the upcoming expo from all over our community, not just from within our own church.”

Gibbons believes the expo will be a way to not only showcase what small businesses have to offer, but also to showcase what Clingan Ridge has to offer.

“We actually have a few spaces still available for these small businesses. It’s only $25 per table,” Gibbons said.

The church currently has 20 tables booked and is hoping to have 32 overall by the time of the event.

Some of the many businesses represented at the Small Business Expo are Pampered Chef, Avon, LuLaRoe clothing and Tupperware.

“A lot of Cleveland residents don’t know what sort of small businesses are out there,” Gibbons said. “If a person is looking for someone to do a specific job for them, they don’t want to just call some random person; they want to know that person. This event will be a great way to meet the people who can fill these needs in our community.”

Clingan Ridge believes that the exposure will also benefit the business owners who typically work out of their own homes.

According to Grant, the event will inspire residents to stay local when searching for business in Cleveland, as opposed to going to other cities.

“Let’s keep Cleveland alive,” Grant stated.

Each business will also donate one of their products for the church’s silent auction, which occurs at the end of the event.

Any business interested in running a table at the expo should contact Liz Gibbons at 423-790-8430, or Denise Grant at 423-802-2475.

Doors open at expo on Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Water and soda will be provided. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

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